2014 / Library as Studio: Designing for Creativity


2014 / Library as Studio: Designing for Creativity

Rolf Hapel, Director of Citizens’ Services and Libraries, Aarhus, DK

Margaret Sullivan, Principal, Margaret Sullivan Studio

Libraries in the US and Denmark are offering new service models rooted in learning experiences that incorporate information gathering, creating and sharing. Not only is this changing what the 21st century library looks like, it is also changing HOW the 21st century library is being designed. Learn about Denmark’s Model Programme for Libraries and a new creative-centric approach to library design called “Library as Studio,” developed in partnership with the Richland Library (SC). Attendees will work in small teams to apply these concepts to a hypothetical library new building project.



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Speaker Bios

Rolf Hapel
Citizens’ Services and Libraries (DK)

Rolf Hapel is Head of Citizens’ Services and Libraries (CSL) in Aarhus, Denmark. He is the chairman of numerous steering groups, committees and international advisory boards, as well as a writer and international speaker on library transformation. CSL has a long earned reputation of creating innovative services and developments using methods of co-creation and user involvement. Aarhus Public Libraries was appointed European Centre of Excellence and received the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award. International events like Transformations, Children’s Interactive Library, My Library and the unconference series Next Library have mapped Aarhus as one of the hot spots in the world for public library development.

Twitter: @Hapelr

Margaret Sullivan
Margaret Sullivan Studio (NY)

Margaret Sullivan, an award-winning interior designer and trained architect, is Founder of Margaret Sullivan Studio. Based in New York City, the full-service design firm specializes in cultural and civic institutions, with an emphasis on the visioning, planning, programming and design of the 21st century library. Margaret led the design of the new YOUmedia teen space for the DreamYard Art Center in the Bronx, which served as the prototype for the Learning Lab grants. She is currently working with the Richland Library, SC, to re-design both physical and service design system-wide based on the Library as Studio model of activating knowledge through learning, creating and sharing.

Twitter: @magsinnyc

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